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Workplaces have rules of conduct and disciplinary processes to deal with violations of those rules. Restorative justice processes are being used as an alternative to more conventional adjudicatory hearings. These are articles and resources on the use of restorative justice in the workplace.

Hutchinson, Marie. Restorative approaches to workplace bullying: Educating nurses towards shared responsibility.
This paper summarises what is known about bullying in the nursing workplace and approaches currently employed to address the problem. Synthesising the available evidence it is identifi ed that restorative approaches which seek to foster shared responsibility and positively infl uence group norms are underdeveloped. Based upon the principles of restorative justice this approach seeks to foster active responsibility for addressing bullying by building pro-social workplace relationships. Given the importance of socialisation processes in mediating and sustaining bullying among nurses, restorative approaches are proposed as a strategy that can be employed in nursing education to address bullying. (author's abstract)
Editor. Mediation and workplace conferencing: how the restorative justice unit can be involved in the resolution of departmental workplace conflict
Commissioner’s Memorandum 02/35 indicated the Board’s intention that the resources of the Restorative Justice Unit (RJU) should be utilised in putting policies for the handling of grievances and bullying into practice. In respect of the Grievance Management Policy and Guidelines, the Board determined that the Restorative Justice Unit is considered “especially skilled in dispute resolution” and should be available to assist grievance managers and to conduct dispute resolution sessions. (excerpt)
McDonald, John M. Restorative justice in the workplace.
Workplaces experience all the highs and lows of any system of relationships. When problems emerge, our first response as staff is often to lodge a grievance. As managers we feel we need to know who has done what to whom and what we need to do to get things back on track. The Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures sets out principles for handling grievances but, grievance systems are designed to deal with disputes, not conflicts, and can escalate the differences rather than resolve them. (excerpt)

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